Open seven days a week from 10am until 6pm, Camden Lock is an incredibly popular spot both for Londoners and visitors to the city. Buzzing and vibrant, packed with a colourful array of one-of-a-kind shops and stalls, this busy daily market makes a fantastic venue for a day out in London, whether you’re searching for yummy treats or vintage clothes.
Launched in 1972, the market has been a hub for counter-culture and creativity for over 40 years, attracting artists and creative creatures to its studios and spaces around the old timber yard, once used for unloading canal boats. Today artists and designers still sell their wares from many of the market’s studio spaces, while new vendors with alternative wares, from street food to fashion, have also joined the mix to create an eclectic and brilliantly fun market.
ABOUT THE MARKET
Variety and atmosphere are the two key draws of Camden Stables & Lock Market, making this buzzing destination a serious hit with visitors, including food blogger Marie Sheffield: "Camden Market is a vibrant, ever-evolving market. The atmosphere and smells of the street food stalls are a mecca for any foodie. With a diverse range of cuisines represented, there is a lot to choose from and you are bound to find something new to try. The stall holders are passionate about their wares which are all freshly prepared and the live music only adds to making this a great market to visit".
Don't forget to try Marie's favourite dish from the market, created by cult street food vendor Belly Bao – their pulled pork bao has to be tasted.
Eat with Steph blogger, Stephanie Chan, also loves Camden Lock's atmosphere: "Vibe, atmosphere and the variety of food - it's a quirky place". Her treat of choice, however, is The Mac Factory's Super Mario which combines "sauteed portabello mushrooms, truffle oil and oven roast garlic".
For Shobha George of the Just Go Places Blog, the entire area is perfect for a day out: "The markets are a treasure-trove of stores that sell a huge variety of things - from antiques to goth gear. In addition, you can go for a stroll along the Regent’s Canal just behind the food stalls. I've walked with my children all the way down to Islington past the revamped Kings Cross parts of the canal". Her favourite foodie treat? A Venezuelan arepa from Arepas & Co.